What we think of the Roland FP-80 digital piano:
The Roland FP-80 digital piano is among the best portable digital pianos available and certainly at it's price point. The Acoustic Projection system, such as that found on the much more expensive HP home pianos and flagship V-Piano Grand creates a wonderfully resonant and natural sound, remarkable coming from an instrument as compact as this. Not only is the sound better than the FP-50 but the action is much firmer and more responsive too. Roland are heavily into their Apple iPad connectivity and this model is compatible with the useful Air Recorder app allowing you to record your performances directly to the iPad - another upgrade over the FP-50 and in fact any competitor product. For the live performer, the vocal harmonies could come in useful, which are controllable via a programmable auxiliary pedal.
Text in red indicates specification upgrades over the Roland FP-50 digital piano - click here to compare
88 note Ivory Feel-S keyboard action with synthetic ivory keytops and escapement action
Vocal harmony feature through mic input
100 levels of touch sensitivity
Wireless recording to Roland Air Recorder iPad app (through optional wireless key WNA1100-RN, app free from the Apple app store)
2 x 6 watt plus 2 x 7 watt amplifiers
Whole, dual and split keyboard modes
SuperNATURAL piano sound engine for stunning piano realism
Conforms to GM2, GS, XGlite for MIDI recording
128 note polyphony
Grand Piano: 14 tones
E.Piano: 25 tones
Strings: 18 tones
Organ: 19 tones
Other: 296 tones (including 8 drum sets, 1 SFX set)
8 temperament types for period music
Master tuning control for accompanying other instruments, 415.3 to 466.2 Hz (adjustable in increments of 0.1 Hz)
Key Transpose: -6 to +5 (in semitones) Playback Transpose: -6 to +5 (in semitones)
Adjustable effects including:
Ambience (Off, 1 to 10)
Equalizer (4-band digital equalizer
Soundboard Behavior (Off, 1 to 10)
Cabinet Resonance (Off, 1 to 10)
Damper Resonance (Off, 1 to 10)
String Resonance (Off, 1 to 10)
Key Off Resonance (Off, 1 to 10)
Modulation Speed (1 to 127)
Only for MIC INPUT: Harmony (Off, 2 types) Ambience (Off, 1 to 10)
2 track, 1 song SMF recorder capable of recording 30,000 notes
90 rhythm accompaniment styles with 2 variations
Audio recording and playback through USB
Playback Transpose: -6 to +5 (in semitones)
Audio Playback Speed: 75 to 125 %
30 built in songs
25 registration memory banks
Panel lock feature
Auto power off
Stand pictured is an optional accessory - click here for more details
The FP-80 is the ideal digital piano for home and live use. Buying a digital piano usually involves compromises: home pianos are seldom useful for live work, and stage pianos are too unwieldy for home use and often lack on-board speakers, which you then have to buy, leading to more expense.
The FP-80 is a piano designed to be used every day, with a sleek contemporary design that’s easy on the eye and looks great in the living room. The difference is that the FP-80 has the heart of a performer, with pro-quality keyboard, a microphone input for working with vocalists and Roland’s finest SuperNATURAL piano sound - offering a rich, rewarding musical experience to all who play it – and all who hear it.
Available in black or white, the versatile FP-80 is perfect for a wide range of applications, including stage performing, the classroom, daily practice, and, of course, playing every day at home.
Style, feel and authentic sound for playing piano at home
When a piano is made to be played every day, it needs to have a comfortable keyboard. The FP-80’s is called the ‘Ivory Feel-S keyboard with Escapement’, which replicates the appearance, texture, and moisture absorbing properties of real ivory. If you’re an experienced player, you’ll appreciate the authentic feel of the keyboard; if you’re a beginner, you’ll be starting in the right place.
The piano sounds of the FP-80 are among Roland’s finest, using a technology called SuperNATURAL Piano to power the onboard grand piano sounds. SuperNATURAL is only found on Roland pianos and it delivers world-class performance. The FP-80 reacts quickly to your touch over the entire length of the keyboard and the transition of notes from soft to hard is smooth, responsive and realistic – no matter how quickly you play. The ‘decay’ of each note (how long it takes to fade to silence after being played) is also consistent with that of a real grand piano, so the character of the tone changes authentically, as it decays. You’ll also love the intuitive Piano Designer feature, which makes it easy to personalise the FP-80’s tone and response to suit your taste.
Having a great piano sound is just part of the equation though. A digital piano is only as good as its speakers, and you’ll be surprised at the variation in quality depending on the piano you choose, which is ironic as the piano’s sound should be the very last area of compromise. A digital piano needs to sound warm and authentic, capable of accurately reproducing the wide dynamic range of the instrument. The FP-80 houses Roland’s Acoustic Projection technology, a multi-channel, four speaker system that envelops you in beautiful, immersive sound that convincingly emulates the sound of a grand piano.
Professional sound and performance features for live playing
If you play live, you’ll appreciate that the FP-80 ticks all the right boxes when it comes to sound and keyboard action. Although great piano sounds are at the heart of the FP-80, it also does the ‘other’ essentials extremely well too; SuperNATURAL-based classic EPs, smoky organ tones, emotive strings and modern synth sounds – a range of gig-ready, pro-quality sounds, all from one keyboard. The Acoustic Projection sound system can be used for personal monitoring on large stages, and is powerful enough to be the primary amplification in smaller, more intimate venues.
When you play solo, the rhythm function makes your piano performances shine with beautiful and sophisticated backing. Intelligent full-keyboard chord recognition gives you complete control of your personal band, with automatic accompaniment that dutifully follows whatever you play. The convenient rear-panel jack lets you connect an external mic and sing along with your performance, and you can even add real-time harmony effects to your voice based on the chords you play.
A new take on music practice and composition
If you practise a lot, then playing with a single piano sound can become repetitive. The FP-80 can assess what you’re playing and will intelligently add bass, drums and other sounds to create a fully-fledged performance – guided by the notes you play. These backing styles are a great way to stay motivated, and also help your musical understanding as you can hear how the different notes and instruments interact and relate with each other.
If you want to play the FP-80 along with your favourite music (which is a great way to make practise fun) then you have two options: via USB or via your iPhone. You can plug in a USB drive containing your favourite songs, select them from the piano and you’ll hear the music play through the FP-80’s onboard speakers. You can also stream the music wirelessly (using the optional Roland Wireless Connnect system) and even record yourself back to the phone, ready for sharing with family, friends or band members.
Since the FP-80 is a digital piano, you can turn off the built-in speakers and play using headphones, allowing you to practice day or night without disturbing family members or neighbours.
The on-board Rhythm accompaniments help you develop your sense of timing and groove as you play along with various music styles, and the Chord Pattern function lets you play along with automatic chord sequences, which is useful for improvising in different keys.
The optional USB memory also lets you play along with WAV audio files, but here’s the clever bit: you can change the key and adjust the speed of the audio, and even reduce the sound of pre-recorded vocals so you can sing over the top.
Create instant vocal harmonies – and share them with others
If there’s a vocalist in the family (or the band) the onboard harmonist effect instantly creates vocal harmonies based on the singer’s voice; a great way to add depth and emotion to a performance. Plug in a USB memory stick to record the piano and vocal as audio data, and then transfer it to a computer or share it with the world.
Practise with your heroes and record your performance to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch
The FP-80 works with Roland Wireless Connect, a cable-free way to communicate with Apple’s iOS devices. The optional WNA1100-RL Wireless USB Adapter sets up a wireless connection between the piano and your Apple device. Using the free Air Recorder app, you can then play along with your favourite bands stored in your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and even record your performance back into the app at the same time.
You can also connect an iPad to the FP-80 via USB with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit.
Delivery is fast and free to all UK mainland addresses via a pallet service. At Chamberlain Music we aim to deliver as quickly and safely as possible and do our best to keep you informed all the way. Delivery of digital pianos is to doorsteps however many drivers are happy to assist further although they are not contracted to do so. Your piano will be delivered boxed and will require self-assembly.
Manufacturer warranty: 5 years
W: 1396 mm
D: 371 mm
H: 134 mm
Weight: 23.8 kg